To: David Archambault II
Chair, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council
Dear Sir and Brother,
The leadership of the Council for First Inhabitants Rights and Equality (Council FIRE) stand in unanimous support of the Standing Rock Sioux, their right to speak for themselves and to demand that treaties signed between the sovereign nations of the United States of America and the Sioux be honored and enforced. As Brothers and Sisters in the battle, we cannot sit idle. When one nation is in need, all nations must rise to defend what is most vital to future generations. People, native and non-native alike, are called to lift their prayers and fight to protect the water, the future will judge each of us on how we acted in this attack on sovereignty and Mother Earth.
Council FIRE calls for the cessation of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline that encroaches on land and water that has long been granted to the Standing Rock Sioux through multiple treaties. We demand an end to the illegal trespassing, desecration of sacred sites, hostile attacks, violations of the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie treaties, the 1899 Fort Belknap treaty, as well as the 1908 Winters Doctrine of the United States Supreme Court. These treaties are no less valid that those the US Government has signed with Japan or Germany, or any other Supreme Court decision – it is long past time that this nation honor its’ word.
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November has been designated as Native American Heritage Month, signed into law by George H.W. Bush in 1990. Council FIRE encourages each of you to pause and reflect on the many contributions on those who were here first.
The list of Native accomplishments and gifts are too numerous to mention them all. Whether you offer respect for the Code Talkers for their heroism in the World Wars; for the kindness of those who met the earliest explorers with trust, acceptance and help; for the continuing gifts of traditional medicines, foods and development of cotton and rubber; or the earliest development of Sign Language, there is no shortage of examples where Native culture, practices and history have benefitted all of us. The American colonists modeled their government after the hierarchy of tribes such as the League of Iroquois, and our current US government is based on the same principles.
It is a wondrous culture that continues to deliver gifts. From their respect of the environment and all the creators gifts, to respect for women and elders, and their history of service as warriors who stand to protect the entire nation at a rate higher than any other demographic.
Take some time to learn about Native Heritage month, and the many reasons that First Nations are deserving of respect and more.
Council FIRE is proud to be working with the AFLCIO to see that issues of those who were here first are included in the path for progress that Labor has always championed.
Council FIRE is pleased to report that all AFL-CIO Constituency groups have taken a stand to support Native Rights and to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Council FIRE has been working with these constituency groups to bring Native issues into mainstream discussions – alongside all other constituencies. We are pleased to join these groups, and the AFLCIO Human Rights Committee, to make sure that all people have access to equality and fairness.
For Immediate Release: September 19, 2016
Press Contact: Marian Manapsal
Washington, DC – Together, the Labor Coalition for Community Action, which includes the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Pride at Work, rises in solidarity with Native Americans and our allies in protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and defending Native lands from exploitation by corporations and the U.S. government. We advocate for a progressive labor movement rooted in dignity and respect of all peoples, including Native Americans and their families.
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Tagged AFLCIO, APALA, APRI, CBTU, CLUW, Council Fire, Dakota Pipeline, Kevin Cummings, LCLAA, Machinists Union, native american, native rights, native women, NO DAP, Pride@Work, Save the Water
From Council FIRE Founder and President, Kevin Cummings
I bid a good day to each of you, and hope this note finds you well.
It is with a very happy heart that I let you know that I received a call from CBTU today. The call came during their national convention, and the delegates voted unanimously to endorse Council –FIRE and included a passage in the proclamation that urges the AFLCIO to do the same! This is a huge sign that we are on the good road to helping the first people on these lands. The national convention is being attended by nearly one-thousand delegates from seventy-seven international Labor unions across the US and Canada. Continue reading
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